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This is the introductory chapter of the book Philological and Historical Commentary on Ammianus Marcellinus XXVII, which contains a portrait of the emperor Valentinian. In the beginning of the year 365 separate divisions of the Alamanni crossed the Rhine and penetrated deep into Gaul. To combat the barbarians Charietto, who is given the unusual title of per utramque Germaniam comes, joined forces with the old general Severianus, commander of the Divitenses and Tungricani. This first military encounter resulted in disaster for the Romans. They took to flight after the death of Severianus. By presenting the background information in this way, right at the outset of Book 27, Ammianus Marcellinus contrasts the rule of Julian favourably with that of his successors. The chapter presents an overview of other chapters of the book.

Keywords: Alamanni; Ammianus Marcellinus XXVII; Charietto

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